Prof. Łukasz A. Turski, Polish Academy of Science
Professor of physics in the Center for theoretical physics, Polish Academy of Science. Laureate of the H. Steinhaus Award, Gold Medal of the European Physical Society, Maciej J. Grabski Award, Golden Microphone of the Polish Public Radio, Spacial Award of the Polish Press Agency, Award of the City of Warsaw. In 2011 awarded the Commodore Cross of the Polonia Restitute Order by the President of the Polish Republic. Author of more than 120 research papers. Author of publications on science, science and society in journals of general circulations, multiple radio and TV programs. Originator of the Warsaw Science Picnics (since 1997) and Copernicus Science Center. Head of the Program Committee for that Center. Member of the Polish Society of Advancement of science (TPKN) by the time of its existence. Former member of the Council of Adam Smith Society in Warsaw, Strategic Council of the Warsaw ThinkTank. Elected member of the Polish State Committee for Science (2000–2004). Married. One son, three grandsons.
Teaching physics in XXI century. Why and How
Prof. Dr Manfred Euler, University of Kiel, Germany
Manfred Euler is a Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Kiel. He studied physics at the University of Giessen, where he got his diploma and later on his PhD in Physics in 1975. As a research scientist at the University of Duisburg he earned his habilitation in Physics Education in 1981. After working as a professor for Physics at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover he changed to the Chair of Physics Education at Paderborn University. In 1997 he was appointed Director of Physics Education Department at the Leibniz-Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) at the University of Kiel, holding this position until his retirement in 2013. In 2015 he received the honorary position of an Adjunct Professor at the Laboratory for Coherent Education and Learning, University of Southern Denmark, Odense.
Manfred Euler served as GIREP president from 1999–2006. His research interests comprise various fields in physics and in science education, including research on teaching and learning of modern physics, especially complex systems, nonlinear dynamics and biophysics. He has run various national and international R&D projects in the area of quality development in physics education, on inquiry-based science teaching and learning, on out of school science labs, and on energy education.
Empowering the engines of knowledge and creativity: Learning from experiments in theory and practice
Prof. Wolfgang Christian, Davidson College, North Carolina, USA
Wolfgang Christian is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and he is the author or co-author of nine books on physics and multimedia. He has also been books editor of the APS journal, Computers in Physics. He is currently the Secretary of the American Association of Physics Teachers and a past President of the North Carolina Section of this Association. He has been a constant contributor and relentless 'engine' at Multimedia in Physics Teaching and Learning (MPTL) conferences and has served on the MPLT advisory board for 10 years.
The Impact and Promise of Open-Source Computational Material for Physics Teaching
Prof. Marisa Michelini, Udine University, Italy
Marisa Michelini is full professor in physics education in Udine University, Italy, where she is rector delegate for Didactic Innovation and responsible of the Research Unit in Physics Education.
She is president of the International Research Group in Physics Education (GIREP), committee member of the Multimedia Physics Teaching and Learning (MPTL), director of the Italian University Consortium on Education and Guidance (GEO), member of the Permanent Commission for Education of the Italian Physical Society and honorary member of the Italian Association for Physics Teaching (AIF).
She founded the Center for Research in Education (CIRD), Lab Center for Physics Education (CLDF), the Center for Guidance (CORT), the Research Unit in Physics Education (URDF), the first Italian PhD in Physics Education and the Specialization School for Teacher Education in Udine University (SISS), she directed from 2003 to 2007.
As a member of the Committee of European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) organized the ESERA PhD Summer School in 2010 and later play the role of strand responsible for Teacher Education in three ESERA Congresses (2011–2013–2015). Director of the National Journals La Fisica nella Scuola for 15 years and for Università e Scuola for 10 years, she is member of many editorial boards of hysics education journals.
Research activity is in two fields: Electrical transport properties in thin films and Physics Education, with responsability in 5 EU, 10 National, 8 Regional Projects on physics education and teacher education, on the following lines: A) Curricular Research to build vertical paths and study learning progression. Educational paths on thermal and optical phenomena, study of motion, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics and superconductivity. B) Design Based Research to study way to overcome learning knots and ICT role in learning processes. C) Empirical research on learning processes and developing formal thinking. D) R&D. Innovation in physics teaching/learning developing original proposals for: A1) Lab activities integrated in vertical paths (i.e. on Moessbauer, Hall effects, electrical, thermal, optical properties of solids, Quantum Mechanics, Superconductivity); A2) hardware and software prototypes for measurements and modeling (Termografo, Termocrono, Fente, Lucegrafo, H&R, Sigma, SEQU). E) Informal learning, Inquiry Based Learning and CLOE-Conceptual Labs for Operative Exploration in bridging common sense ideas with scientific one. F) Teacher Education: models and research based intervention modules. Long Life learning by means of interactive web systems. G) Model for School-University cooperation and institutional way for co-planning instruction and relative supports.
More than 660 publications on books and journals with referees, 257 in English at international level document the research work.
Labs to build modern physics way of thinking
Prof. David R. Sokoloff, University of Oregon, USA
He is Professor of Physics, Emeritus at the University of Oregon. He began his studies of physics at Queens College of the City University of New York, and went on to earn his Ph.D. in AMO physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to his current position, he was a faculty member at Western Illinois University and University of Michigan, Dearborn. He has held visiting positions at many different universities in the U.S.A. and abroad, and spent a year as Science Director of WISTEC, the hands-on science center in Eugene, Oregon.
For over two decades, he has conducted research into students' understandings of physics, and used the results of this research to develop active learning approaches to enhance student understanding in introductory physics courses. These new curricula include the four modules of RealTime Physics: Active Learning Laboratories (RTP) and Interactive Lecture Demonstrations (ILDs). These curricula make heavy use of computer-based laboratory tools for data collection and analysis, were developed with support from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education, and are used extensively at the university, college and high school levels. More recent curricula make research-validated use of video analysis and of personal response systems (clickers).
David R. Sokoloff was the winner of the 2007 Robert A. Millikan award of the American Association of Physics Teachers. He was elected President of the American Association of Physics Teachers in 2008. He has won numerous awards for his work in education including the 2010 Excellence in Physics Education Award by the American Physical Society.
Research Validated Distance Learning Labs for Introductory Physics Using IOLab
Prof. Costas Constantinou, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
Costas P. Constantinou is a Director of the Learning in Science Group at the University of Cyprus. He has a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge and has worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Washington State University and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Washington. He is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Science Education and the Educational Research Review and he is serving as a reviewer in other international research journals including the Journal of Research in Science Teaching and Learning and Instruction. Since 2015 he has been the President of European Science Education Research Association (ESERA).
His research interests focus on the investigation of conceptual, reasoning, epistemological and other barriers that hamper the learning process in collaborative environments that are designed to promote inquiry as the process of science learning within epistemological frames that encourage a pervasive ownership of learning by all members of a learning community. The Learning in Science Group routinely uses the results of this research in the development of online learning environments, such as the STOCHASMOS platform, and research-based teaching-learning sequences to promote conceptual understanding and scientific thinking through the teaching of science as a process of inquiry. Prof. Constantinou has coordinated a number of projects funded by the European Commission and the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation. He has participated in the High Level Working Group that authored the report Europe needs more Scientists! in 2004 and was the Rapporteur in a group of experts that carried out the mid-term evaluation of the Science in Society program in FP6. He was a member of an expert group preparing the report to the European Commission, Science Education for Responsible Citizenship, issued in 2015.